Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! С Новым годом! I can’t believe it’s 2012 already, and that I haven’t written yet this year. I have been relaxing at home and doing a lot of reading, both books from the library and on my brand-new Kindle that I received for Christmas. I’ve also been working on my thesis. It’s due in fewer than two months, so I’d like to have a decent draft by the end of this month so I can start revising it before I turn it in.

I think it’s time for a brief year in review, which is admittedly a bit late (but better late than never!). 2011 was certainly not my favorite year. I think the saddest thing that happened was when my little green parakeet died. Luckily I was home when she got sick (if I had not been on my study abroad program, I wouldn’t have been home). Then I had a short summer (third term of my study abroad went until the end of June) and returned to my university.

One thing I would like to accomplish in 2012 is more writing. I used to write a lot, but I feel like I wrote less last year. Specifically, I would like to finish my novella. I have been working on it, in one form or another, for quite a long time. It began as historical fiction, but now it’s fantasy and an allegory for Russian history. I have a few photos of settings from the story on my Pinterest.

(As for why I’m writing a novella instead of a novel: “novel” sounds so intimidating. I always begin novels, but never finish writing them, so I’d like to have a project that I actually finish. Who knows, perhaps my novella will become a novel, but for now, I am aiming for a shorter work.)

More writing doesn’t just mean my fiction – I also want to write more on this blog. Once upon a time, I ran a relatively popular political/current events blog, but when I stopped that, I began to slack on my writing. I have considered having a regular posting schedule on this blog, such as Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, because I think that would help me post more regularly.

I’d also like to pick up a new language starting this year, but more on that later.